List of Presbyterian churches in Toronto

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This is a list of Presbyterian Church in Canada churches in Toronto, Canada.

Introduction[edit]

In 1925, about 70% of Presbyterian churches across Canada joined the new United Church of Canada, although the split in Toronto was closer to 50-50. This is a list of churches within the present boundaries of Toronto that have been part of The Presbyterian Church in Canada since June 1925.

Presbyterial oversight[edit]

The Presbytery of Toronto has been an Ecclesiastical District (in Presbyterian Polity, known as a Presbytery), since the formation of the City in 1834, by all the groups that led to the formation of the PCC in 1875. The bounds in 1875 spread north and west to include Oakville, Milton, Georgetown, Brampton, King Township, Newmarket and Sutton West. In 1883, Melville, West Hill was dismissed to the neighbouring Presbytery of Whitby, as it was linked from 1883 to 1900 with Dunbarton (now United) Church in Pickering Township. In 1925, Melville, Whitby, Ashburn, and Oshawa were added to the Toronto Presbytery.

On January 1, 1949, Toronto Presbytery was divided into East Toronto and West Toronto, with Bathurst Street the dividing line, putting flagship congregations of Knox, Toronto and St. Andrew's, Toronto along with Knox College into East Toronto. In 1963, St. Andrew's in Hamilton Bermuda was added to West Toronto, and the congregations west of Toronto and York County boundaries were dismissed to Brampton Presbytery a couple of years later. In January 1990, The Presbytery of Pickering was formed from East Toronto congregations east of Victoria Park Avenue in the then City of Scarborough, and adding 4 Durham Region congregation (all part of the pre-1925 Whitby Presbytery). In 1993, Oak Ridges Presbytery was erected, and the East and West Toronto Presbytreries were confined to Toronto (and Bermuda) alone. In 1998, the Han-Ca East Presbytery was erected, consisting of Korean congregations from Ontario to Halifax.

The List[edit]

Congregation (Active are in bold) Location Dates Notes Image
Albion Gardens Thistletown 1957-2012 Building constructed in 1961. In July 2011, merged with Pine Ridge PC, and became Fellowship Presbyterian in April 2012. Albion Gardens Presbyterian.JPG
Armour Heights [1] Armour Heights 1950 Extension congregation, merged in 1998 with former Melrose Park congregation. Armour Heights Presbyterian.JPG
Beaches [2] The Beaches 1925 Minority Group from Kew Beach (now Beach United). Beaches Presbyterian.JPG
Bonar St Clarens Ave., (w. side) n. of College near Lansdowne 1889–1969 Named after Scottish brothers Andrew and Horatius Bonar. Buildings constructed in 1907 and 1922; demolished c1970. Merged with Parkdale Presbyterian Church to form Bonar-Parkdale Bonar Presbyterian, Toronto.PNG
Bonar-Parkdale Parkdale 1969 Formed in 1969 as a merger of Parkdale Presbyterian Church and Bonar Presbyterian Church. Bonar Parkdale Place constructed in 1990s. Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian.JPG
Bridlewood [3] L'Amoreaux 1967 Daughter congregation of Knox Toronto; self-supporting in under one year. Building constructed in 1973; 1984 addition contained many furninshings from former Cooke's Church. Bridlewood Presbyterian.JPG
Calvin Deer Park 1925 Minority Group, mainly from Deer Park, and also from Avenue Road. Now, Deer Park uses this building and regularly shares services. Calvin Presbyterian, Toronto.JPG
Celebration Glen Park 2003 Merger of Coldstream (1950) and Fairbank (1890; 1925 Minority from Fairbank Presbyterian / St. Cuthbert's United) on Coldstream site.
Chalmers Dundas and Dovecourt 1877-1978. Originally named Brockton Presbyterian. Building constructed 1889. Fire in 1945 destroyed Sanctuary, Sunday School hall renovated as replacement. Merged with St. Paul's Dovercourt, Demolished in early 1980s. Chalmers Presbyterian, Toronto.PNG
Chinese Grange Park Congregation started in 1912; group went to United Church in 1925 Building constructed in 1960, replacing former building expropriated for Toronto City Hall. Toronto Chinese Presbyterian.JPG
Chinese Agincourt Mission Agincourt 1979-1991 This group met at Knox Presbyterian Agincourt following the arrival of many Chinese families in the area. Prior to the erection of the Presbytery of Pickering in 1990, this group became a formal congregation. In 1991, Markham Chinese Presbyterian Church was dedicated on Dennison Street in the Milliken community, and in 1992 joined Oak Ridges Presbytery.
Clairlea Park Clairlea 1952 York Townline Cemetery and former Chalmers Canada Presbyterian Church 1863-1890 at NE corner of Pharmacy and St. Clair; land swap for cemetery (all but one re-interred at Pine Hills Cemetery). Gas Station (now demolished) on old site; Church is one block east Clairlea Presbyterian.JPG
Coldstream Glen Park 1949-2003 Congregation started in 1949, building on Bathurst Street in 1951. Joined with Fairbank in 2004, becoming Celebration.
Cooke's Queen and Mutual 1851–1982 Previously known as Second Presbyterian, and named after Irish Presbyterian leader. Demolished 1984 Cooke's Presbyterian.jpg
Cowan Avenue Parkdale 1886-1928
Dale 1884–1939 Mission of St. Andrew's Church started in 1870s. Known as St. Mark's until move in 1909. Previously located at Adelaide West of Tecumseh, and in 1886 to King and Tecumseh. Congregation closed in 1939. Building is now St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church.JPG
Davenport Davenport 1904–1972 Buildings constructed in 1905, 1909, and renovation in 1921. Merged with Wychwood Presbyterian to form Wychwood-Davenport on the Wychwood site. Building continues as Galilee Korean Presbyterian Church (Han-Ca East Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in Canada)
Dovercourt Road Dufferin Grove 1886–1968 Originally met as Mission of Chalmers Church, located north of Bloor and Dovercourt. Present building constructed at Hepbourne and Dovercourt in 1905. Merged with St. Paul's Presbyterian in 1968 to form Dovercourt-St. Paul's, then with Dufferin Street in 1993 to become St. Paul's . Presently used by Portuguese-Speaking Presbyterian Church. St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.JPG
Dovercourt-St. Paul's Dufferin Grove 1968–1993 Created from merger of Dovercourt Presbyterian and St. Paul's in 1968. In 1993 merged with Dufferin Street Presbyterian to become St. Paul's Presbyterian, and closed in 2005. St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.JPG
Dufferin Street Wallace-Emerson 1907–1993 Merged with Dovercourt-St. Paul's Presbyterian Church to form St. Paul's Presbyterian in 1993. Building sold to a Baptist ministry, and was sold to become lofts in 2012. Dufferin Presbyterian.JPG
East Toronto Korean Little Korea 1975-2005 started after Toronto Korean's move into the former Davenport building, this group started in Scarborough's Wexford building, moved to Roger's Memorial in 1977, then acquired former Epworth United on Christie Street in an area where Korean-Canadian businesses opened many shops and restaurants. In 2005, the congregation moved into new facilities in Vaughan, and renamed themselves Vaughan Community Presbyterian Church.
Emmanuel Upper Beaches 1885–1988 Started as East Toronto Junction Presbyterian Mission in 1885. First building located on Main Street. Became Emmanuel with merger of Chalmers, York Townline congregation in Scarborough Township, and maintenance of Cemetery in 1893. Led by Rev. Dr. Thomas Rogers for 30 years, and who was active in Presbyterian Church Association (1925 anti-Union vote), as well as seeing other congregations begin in district; including Rogers Memorial. In 1987, merged with two "daughter" congregations to form Faith Community Presbyterian in the former St. James building. Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.JPG
Fairbank Fairbank 1925-2003 A "Minority Group" from Fairbank (later St. Cuthburt's United) Presbyterian. Joined by Mount Dennis in 1939. Merged into Coldstream in 2003, becoming Celebration. Building now used by African congregation.
Faith Community Presbyterian Old East York 1988 Created as a merger of three congregations, St. James, Emmanuel, and St. Matthew's in the former St. James building. Faith Presbyterian Community Church.JPG
Fallingbrook Birch Cliff 1948 Fallingbrook Presbyterian.JPG
Fellowship Thistletown 2012 Consummation of the 2011 merger of Albion Gardens and Pine Ridge congregations, meeting in the Albion Gardens building. Albion Gardens Presbyterian.JPG
First Hungarian Humewood-Cedarvale 1930 1967 move from 206 McCaul Street (1938 Building), and merged with Oshawa Hungarian Mission in 1970; services are still held monthly in Oshawa. 1948 building built as home of Willowdale's Wellspring Worship Centre (formerly Banfield Memorial Evangelical Missionary Church).
Forest Hill pre-1925-1935
Gateway Community Flemingdon Park 1970-2010 In same building as Blessed John XXIII Roman Catholic; Congregation dissolved 2010; now a Mission. John XXIII, Toronto.JPG
Ghanaian 1995 Joint Congregation of Presbyterian Church of Ghana and Presbyterian Church in Canada. Congregation constructed building at Highway 400 and Finch in 2003 but moved to Finch and Signet Drive 2006. Services in English, Ga, and Twi.
Glebe Davisville 1912 mission of Bloor Street Presbyterian. Remained in Presbyterian Church after voting twice in 1925—Ballot Box went on fire when first count taken.
Glenview [4] North Toronto 1925 formed as Minority Group from Eglinton Presbyterian (St. George's United Church, now Eglinton-St. George's United) and Bedford Park. Glenview Presbyterian.JPG
Grace, Etobicoke Centennial 1955–2002 Originally called Bloorview, renamed Grace following acquisition of land in different neighbourhood. Building constructed in 1961, expanded in 1985. Merged with Hillview Presbyterian to form Graceview in the Grace Building in 2002.
Grace, West Hill West Hill 1956 merger of Centennial Road and West Rouge Sunday Schools. Built in Pickering Township, before West Rouge joined Scarborough in 1973.
Graceview Centennial 2002 merger of Grace Presbyterian Church (Etobicoke, Ontario) and Hillview Presbyterian Church in former Grace Building.
Guildwood Community Guildwood 1960 Guildwood Presbyterian.JPG
High Park 1925–1968 Minority group of Alhambra and High Park. Site was a former School. Merged with Morningside to form Morningside High Park. Building is now Jami Mosque.
Hillview Centennial 1955–2002 In 2002 merged with Grace Presbyterian to form Graceview. Building is now home of St. Timothy's Korean Presbyterian Church (Han-Ca East Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in Canada)
Iona Don Valley Village 1966 In same building as St. Cyprian Anglican Church; was originally part of the "Tri-Congregations" with St. Cyprian and the former Hillcrest United Church. St Cyprian, Toronto.JPG
Kingsway Kingsway 1945-1961 congregation started as post WWII work in June 1945. Congregation established in 1946, and acquired Montgomery's Inn, expanding facilities in 1952. Following resignation of founding minister to health concerns a decade later, supply ministers conducted Sunday services, until merger with nearby St. Giles Humber Valley in January 1961. Montgomery's Inn is now a Toronto City Museum
Knox, Toronto (Spadina Ave.) Harbord Village 1843 (from 1820) Moved in 1905 from Yonge and Queen, Sanctuary completed 1909. Knox, Toronto.JPG
Knox, Agincourt Agincourt 1925 Minority group of Knox Presbyterian Church, Agincourt (now Knox United) Knox Presbyterian, Agincourt.JPG
Leaside Leaside 1942 Extension of Glebe Congregation. First Minister Rev. Dr. J. Charles Hay, later Principal of Knox College. Leaside Presbyterian.JPG
Logan Geggie Memorial 1950-1984 Sunday School started in 1947 from Parkdale, congregation named after a former esteemed Minister of Parkdale who died in that pulpit in 1922. Congregation became two-point charge with Park Lawn in 1989 until they merged into Mimico in 1995. Building sold to Buddhist group.
Malvern Malvern 1975. Orinally a shared building with Anglican Church, who left in early 2000s. Malvern Presbyterian.JPG
Melrose Park North Toronto 1930s A dissenting group from Glenview Church formed itself into this congregation which met at 250 Fairlawn Avenue until its amalgamation into Armour Heights Church in the late 1990s. The building was demolished, and replaced with housing.
Melville West Hill 1852 Started as Knox College Student Mission, joined with Knox Agincourt until 1883, Dunbarton (Pickering) until 1900, when it became a single-point charge.
Mimico Mimico 1925 Reacquired their 1890 building from United Church, who went into Wesley Methodist building. New Sanctuary built in 1950s beside old building, since renovated into hall. Mimico Presbyterian.jpg
Morningside Swansea 1889–1968 Merged with High Park to form Morningside High Park. Named after Morningside Church in Edinburgh.
Morningside High Park Swansea 1968 Created from a merger of Morningside Presbyterian and High Park Presbyterian; High Park's organ was brought over at merger. Morningside - High Park Presbyterian.JPG
Mount Dennis Mount Dennis 1925-1945 Minority group from Mount Dennis (once Chalmers' United before merging into Mount Dennis United) that eventually merged into Fairbank. Building on Weston Road north of Eglinton demolished.
North Park Maple Leaf 1950s congregation now a Spanish-speaking mission, and building is for sale.
Oakwood Presbyterian Church Oakwood-Vaughan 1911–1977 Dissolved 1977, Building bought by Mount Zion Apolstolic Church, who moved to Malton in 1999, building razed 2009.
Olivet Yorkville 1925–1969 Minority group from Westminster, Bloor Street, Old St. Andrew's and St James Square acquired former Olivet Congregational Church.Named Central Presbyterian until 1935 and then Avenue Road Presbyterian until 1947. Closed 1977. Building is now commercial.
Park Lawn 1952-1994 Congregation formally erected in 1953, and building constructed in 1956. came two-point charge with Logan Geggie in late 1980s, and amalgamed into Mimico in 1994. Building was demolished afterwards.
Parkdale Parkdale 1879–1969 Merged with Bonar Presbyterian in 1969 to form Bonar-Parkdale. Had merged with Cowan Avenue PC in 1928 (that had grown out of Parkdale in 1886)
Patterson Earlscourt 1925–2011 Minority group of St. David's United, initially called St. David's Continuing Presbyterian Church. Name changed in 1927 to avoid coal deliveries going to wrong building, named after longtime minister of Cookes Church, Toronto. Congregation dissolved in November 2011.
Pine Ridge Humber Summit 1953-2012 Originally, an extension of Woodbridge Presbyterian Church. Was joined with Rexdale for 20 years. On June 19, 2011, congregation held final service, prior to merging with Albion Gardens. Pine Ridge Presbyterian.JPG
Portuguese Speaking Dufferin Grove 1985 Housed in former St. Paul's Presbyterian, that they acquired in 2005. St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.JPG
Queen Street East Leslieville 1877 Originally called Leslieville Presbyterian Church, name changed upon Leslieville joining Toronto in 1893. Survived major fire in late 1960s. Queen Street East Presbyterian Church.JPG
Rexdale Rexdale 1956 Seniors Housing complex opened in 1979; Rexdale Presbyterian.JPG
Riverdale Riverdale 1908 original building now being used, as 1912 Sanctuary is now lofts. Riverdale Presbyterian.JPG
Rogers Memorial East Danforth 1922–2000 Closed in 2000, today building is home to Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church Rogers Memorial Presbyterian.JPG
Rosedale Rosedale 1907 First unit (small sanctuary) built in 1908, second unit in 1950s with church Hall. Land for originally-planned larger sanctuary was expropriated when Mount Pleasant Road was opened up in 1950s. Rosedale Presbyterian.JPG
Royce 1904–1969 Alhambra withdrew in 1910s; Royce Avenue rebuilt and remained in PCC in 1925). Merged with Victoria Presbyterian to form Victoria-Royce Presbyterian building demolished in 1970 at Dupont (formerly Royce Avenue) and Perth.
Runnymede Runnymede 1906 original building moved from St John's Road to site in 1912; present building 1950 (original on parking lot) Runnymede Presbyterian.JPG
St. Andrew's (King Street) Downtown 1830 Met on Church Street until present building opened 1876; major redevelopment in 1990s, and 48th Highlanders Museum in building. St Andrew's, Toronto.JPG
St. Andrew's Humber Heights Humber Heights-Westmount 1949 St. Andrew's Humber Heights.JPG
St. Andrew's Islington Islington-Six Points 1922 building rebuilt 1951; sanctuary reversed and Hall built 1968. St Andrew's Presbyterian, Toronto.JPG
St. Andrew's, Scarborough [5] Bendale 1818 Present building constructed 1849; dedicated 1850. Hall constructed 1957. Oldest Presbyterian Congregation in Toronto, started by Thomson family; active cemetery contains most of Scarborough pioneer European families. Was originally called Presbyterian Church of Scarboro in connection with the (Established) Church of Canada. Renamed St. Andrew's after 1875. Accessibility Ramp dedicated by Lieutenant Governor David Onley at 190th Anniversary in June 2008. St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.JPG
St. David's Eglinton East 1952 Started as Kitchener Park Extension mission, renamed St. David's in 1955. St. David's Place opened in 1978. St. David's Presbyterian, Toronto.JPG
St. Giles The Kingsway 1951
St. Giles Kingsway [6] The Kingsway 1961. 1961 Merger of St. Giles and Kingsway (1940s), the latter using Montgomery's Inn. Original St. Giles sanctuary recently renovated for a contemporary worship service called "The Well". St. Giles Kingsway.JPG
St. James 1925–1988 Originally named MacPherson (Continuing) to 1939 (MacPherson United changed name to Dentonia Park). Merged with two other congregations (Emmanuel and St. Matthew's) to form Faith Community Presbyterian in St. James building.
St. James, Long Branch Long Branch 1914–2001 Originally called Dunn Memorial; renamed in 1950s when Sanctuary built. Now home of a Korean Presbyterian (not PCC) congregation.
St. John's Riverside South 1888 Sanctuary dedicated in 1907 (moved from Gerrard East and Bolton). Basement home to National Presbyterian Museum since 2002. St John Presbyterian, Toronto.jpg
St. John's Milliken Milliken 1980 Name "recycled" from former St. John's Milliken in Markham Township (1864–1929). Shares building with Anglican congregation.
St. Mark's Don Mills 1952 Shares building with Myung Sung Korean Presbyterian Church (Han Ca East Presbytery, PCC). Hall, including original building was replaced by Apartment complex in 1990s. St. Mark's Presbyterian, Toronto.JPG
St. Matthew's 1925–1988 Minority group from Rhodes Avenue. Building constructed in 1948. Merged with two other (Emmanuel, St James) congregations to form Faith Presbyterian. Building now used by Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church, a PCC Congregation of Taiwanese-Canadians. Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church.JPG
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (old) Seaton Village 1887–1968 In 1914, Erskine PC (1838 as First United Presbyterian, then Bay Street Canada Presbyterian Church) joined congregation. Merged with Dovercourt Presbyterian to form Dovercourt-St Paul's Presbyterian, building demolished, apartments on site. St Paul's Presbyterian, Toronto.PNG
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (new) Dufferin Grove 1993–2005 Created from merger of Dovercourt-St Paul's Presbyterian with Dufferin Presbyterian. Building now home to Portuguese-speaking Presbyterian congregation. St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.JPG
St. Stephen's, Scarborough Woburn 1958 Started as Golf Club Road Presbyterian Church, later named St. Stephen's. Building constructed and dedicated in 1962. St. Stephen's Presbyterian.JPG
St. Stephen's, Weston Emery 1960 Congregation started in local school. Building constructed in 1965.
St. Timothy's
Toronto Formosan Little India 1980 Congregation started with Taiwanese Presbyterians, many whose ancestors became Christians through PCC Missionaries led by George Leslie Mackay. Moved into former St. Matthew's (see above) in 1989. 2 Taiwanese groups (Central and Toronto Formosan) merged in 2009. Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church.JPG
Toronto Korean 1969 Originally met in Knox, Spadina. Services later held at former Olivet in Yorkville, before former Davenport Presbyterian Church acquired. 1997 saw move to new facilities in Don Mills, in close proximinty to major expressways.
Trinity Mandarin Don Valley Village 1992; Originally met in Leslieville, and for many years at Willowdale Presbyterian. In same building as Iona Presbyterian and St. Cyprian Anglican Church St Cyprian, Toronto.JPG
Trinity York Mills York Mills 1953 York Mills designation provides continuity with York Mills PC (1835–1886). Large Sanctuary built in early 1990s. Trinity York Mills Presbyterian.JPG
Ukrainian 1929-1976 Mission started after arrival of Rev. Michael Fesenko from Princeton Seminary. Conducted meetings on streets and in Dale Church. Following Dale's closure, small building on nearby Claremont Street built in 1941. In 1976, following Fesenko's Retirement (he died in 2003 at age 103) the congregation dissolved, proceeds went to fund his translation efforts on materials warmly welcomed in Ukraine following the end of USSR. Building now home of Chinese Baptist Congregation.
University Jane and Finch 1964 Originally met at Gosford Blvd Public School, with building constructed in 1965. Congregation reportedly initially called "University Acres" for the neighbouring subdivision.
Victoria The Junction 1884-1969. originally named West Toronto Junction; renamed Victoria to commemorate Queen's Jubilee. Merged with Royce Presbyterian to form Victoria-Royce Presbyterian. Victoria Presbyterian Church.JPG
Victoria-Royce The Junction 1969–2004 Created as a merger of Victoria Presbyterian and Royce Presbyterian. Closed 2004, building today a condominium Victoria Presbyterian Church.JPG
Weston Weston 1847 originally served by Scottish-trained Principals of Weston Collegiate. Building 1880; was known as the Old Church Weston when Westminister constructed in 1912; Minority fought to keep building open, then stayed in PCC in 1925, while Westminster joined United Church, and resumed under original name.
Westminster, East York Old East York 1921 This congregation had its start as a mission from Riverdale Presbyterian in the spring of 1921. The earliest location was the back room of the Bank of Nova Scotia building at Pape and Gowan. The original frame church on what would become Floyd Ave, just west of Pape, opened in November, 1921. A larger stone church was completed immediately to the west of the original building in 1937. The congregation was known as Todmorden Presbyterian Church from its beginning until 1936. In 1993, Westminster Court, a 6 storey non-profit seniors' housing building was opened on the east side of the church property. Westminster Presbyterian, East York.JPG
Westminster, Scarborough Golden Mile 1955 originally (1910) a Sunday School sponsored by Isabella Walton (of St. Andrew's Scarborough). First building constructed in 1926, congregation formed in 1950s, and second building constructed in 1959. Site re-developed in 1991 including apartments, Isabella Walton Daycare Centre and new Sanctuary. Stained glass window in Sanctuary of old Sunday School house detailed to show outhouse, used until 1959 building constructed with indoor plumbing. Westminster Presbyterian, Scarborough.JPG
Westview O'Connor-Parkview 1950 Building constructed in two phases. Westview Presbyterian.JPG
Wexford Wexford 1954 Buildings constructed in 1957 and 1963. Wexford, Presb.jpg
Wychwood Humewood-Cedarvale 1925-1972. Minority Group of former St. Columba's United (building now a Roman Catholic congregation at St. Clair and Vaughan). Merged with Davenport Presbyterian to form Wychwood-Davenport Wychwood-Davenport Presbyterian.JPG
Wychwood-Davenport Humewood-Cedarvale 1972 Created as a merger of Wychwood Presbyterian and Davenport Presbyterian Wychwood-Davenport Presbyterian.JPG
Willowdale Willowdale 1925 formed as Westminster Presbyterian, as a Mision of Knox Toronto, prior to Church Union. Full-fledged congregation from June 1925, part of charge 1925-35 with Thornhill and Richmond Hill. Renamed Willowdale in 1952 when building on Ellerslie Avenue constructed.
York Memorial Silverthorn 1934 York congregation started almost a decade after nearby Silverthorn Mission went into United Church. Basement structure completed in 1937. In 1947, following World War II, renamed York Memorial as a war memorial. In 1959, neighbouring hsll opened, and named following death of long-time founding minister David P. Rowland.

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